Robert H. N. Ho
Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Robert H. N. Ho is the grandson of Sir Robert Ho Tung and Lady Clara Ho Tung, and the son of General Ho Shai Lai and Hesta Ho Hung Ki Fun. He was educated at Lingnan and Pui Ching Middle Schools and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, and his Master of Science in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in the United States.
Mr. Ho spent his business career in journalism and in managing his family's property and other investments. Since his retirement, he has concentrated on philanthropic activities.
In 2005, Mr. Ho founded The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, a Hong Kong-based independent philanthropic organisation. Committed to promoting Chinese culture and Buddhist philosophy globally, the Foundation initiates and supports local and overseas programmes. In 2009, it launched the United Kingdom's first permanent gallery of Buddhist sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum; the following year, it made possible the Qin Terracotta Army's first visit to Canada.
The Foundation is also dedicated to deepening global audiences' understanding of Chinese culture and heritage by supporting exhibitions and programmes such as Power and Glory: Court Arts of the Ming Dynasty held at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco in 2008; Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2010; and the establishment of the Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The Initiative seeks to advance the achievements of Chinese artists and to expand the discourse on contemporary Chinese art. The first commission of the Initiative, Wang Jianwei: Time Temple, which opened in October 2014, also marked the artist's first solo exhibition in North America. This will be followed by two more commission-based exhibitions. All these new works will together constitute The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection, which will enter the Guggenheim's permanent collection. With the aim of providing insight and understanding of Chinese history and culture, the Foundation also sponsored The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors — an exhibition curated by the Royal Ontario Museum, which ran in Toronto from March-September 2014. The exhibition moved to the Vancouver Art Gallery in October 2014 for a second three-month stop in Canada.
In 2009, Mr. Ho made a gift to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation for the establishment of a new research centre at Vancouver General Hospital. The Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre, opened in September 2011, is home to three internationally recognised research programmes on prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and hip health and mobility. In May 2011, Mr. and Mrs. Ho made a leadership contribution to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation for the establishment of a new centre for mental health and addiction services in North Vancouver.
In 2013, Mr. Ho was appointed to the Order of British Columbia (OBC), the province's highest honour awarded to individuals who have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of their fellow citizens. The OBC recognised Mr. Ho's significant contributions to institutions in British Columbia, supporting efforts to advance scientific knowledge and medical expertise and raise public awareness about mental health, as well as the creation of North America's first contemporary Buddhist studies programme at UBC. To further promote Chinese culture in Vancouver, Mr. Ho has served since 2012 as a director of China Global: Vancouver Society for the Promotion of Chinese Art and Culture, of which he is one of the founders. In addition, in 2013, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation.
In recognition of his contribution and commitment to the arts, academia and society at large, Mr. Ho has received honorary degrees from a number of prestigious academic institutions. These include an Honorary Doctorate from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2007), Doctor of Social Science honoris causa from The University of Hong Kong (2009), Dean's Medal for Public Service from Columbia University (2009), Doctor of Humane Letters from Colgate University (2011), and Doctor of Laws honoris causa from the University of British Columbia (2012).
Ronald N. Stern, LLB
Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Winnipeg, Mr. Stern obtained his Bachelor of Laws from University of British Columbia. He practiced law for approximately 15 years in Vancouver as a partner of a leading Canadian law firm, with an emphasis on corporate and commercial law and various social interest matters. Since 1989, Mr. Stern has devoted his full time to the management of his business interests.
Mr. Stern is the founder and President of Stern Partners. He is involved in all aspects of Stern Partners' activities and acts as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for some of the group's operating companies.
Founded over 20 years ago and headquartered in Vancouver, Stern Partners is a lead investor in a diverse range of operating companies. These companies are currently engaged in business activities in a variety of industries, including apparel manufacturing and retailing, equipment distribution and servicing, paper manufacturing, environmental services, home furnishings retailing, horticultural products manufacturing and distribution, newspaper publishing, commercial printing, packaging, and real estate.
Mr. Stern serves, or has served, on a variety of corporate and community boards, some of which are the Vancouver Airport Authority, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, the Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia Hospital Foundation, the Vancouver Symphony Society, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver, and Science World British Columbia.
Yuen Pau Woo
A native of Malaysia who was brought up in Singapore, Yuen Pau Woo has made Vancouver his home since 1995. He has over 25 years experience in strategy and policy for business, government and not-for-profits. He is a co-founder of China Global, and serves as its President. He is also Senior Resident Fellow, Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business; Distinguished East Asia Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; and Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.
Mr. Woo has previously worked as an Economist for the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. From 2005-2014, he served as President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where he led a major expansion of the organization. Mr Woo has served as an advisor/consultant to the World Bank, the OECD, the Asian Development Bank, APEC, and various government agencies in Northeast and Southeast Asia. For ten years, he was Canada's representative on the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). He was the founding chair of PECC's State of the Region Report, the Council's flagship annual report on Asia Pacific regional cooperation.
Mr. Woo is on the board of directors of the Public Policy Forum, the Ontario Brain Institute, and the Vancouver Academy of Music. He is also on the Global Council of the Asia Society, the Advisory Board of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, and the University of British Columbia's China Council. In 2012, he was honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to Canada-Asia relations. In addition to his research, teaching, and cultural promotion activities, Mr. Woo provides advisory services on business and public policy issues in the Asia Pacific region.